Pete DeQuincy's Blog (17)

Anatomy of the Passive Victim Rescue

Lifeguard focuses on pulling a passive victim from the bottom of the pool. (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)

Some lifeguards believe that their ability to successfully rescue defines their identity as a lifeguard. We must understand the components of the rescue: entry, approach, and rescue. Rescue is…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 21, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Going Digital

Give them a challenge, and see your lifeguard team strive to meet the objective. (Photo credit: Rebecca McNeil, West Sacramento)

 

I feel blessed for the opportunity to provide training articles for Aquatics International, and doubly blessed that the articles have been well received. One comment that…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 25, 2014 at 12:21am — No Comments

Drilling Down on Primary Assessment

Scan for bleeding drill incorporates a primary and secondary rescuer (photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, city of American Canyon)

 

In February 2013, I briefly touched on one primary assessment drill in my “Back to Basics” article. This article breaks primary assessment into 5 drills utilizing a single…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on February 23, 2014 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Building Better Scenarios for In-service Training

Scenarios are a necessary part of any in-service training (photo credit, Traci Farris, City of Modesto)

 

Dedicating several in-service trainings to scenarios will greatly improve the performance of your lifeguard team. Scenarios provide a snapshot of the competency of your staff and help indicate whether or not…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 21, 2013 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Putting The Pieces Together: Components of Airway Management

Administering emergency oxygen is an effective option to provide during patient care (photo(s) credit, Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Parks

In a critical incident the primary objective is to keep the victim alive. Airway management is one crucial skill that accomplishes that objective but is often overlooked. The…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on October 14, 2013 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Those Spinal Days

Lifeguard teams practicing standing in-line stabilization and spinal management (Photo credit: Kyle Maxwell, East Bay Regional Park District)

Spinal management is one of the three core skills of lifeguarding, the other two being rescues and CPR/AED. Good spinal management focuses on in-line stabilization that protects…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on September 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Zero-Depth Entry Drills

Get to the victim quickly, utilize the secondary lifeguard to assist in extrication (Photo credit, Emily Plurkowski, East Bay Regional Park District)

Zero-depth entry pools simulate a beach or waterfront where patrons can enter the water without need of steps, ladder, or pool edge. Since the water depth…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on August 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

On the Waterfront: Rescue Board Drills for a Flatwater Facility

Rescue boards allow lifeguards to get to the victim before it's too late (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Park District)

A rescue board is an effective piece of lifesaving equipment that is ideal for flatwater waterfront facilities. If properly trained, a lifeguard can use it to move more quickly to the…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on June 12, 2013 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Making Contact

Many lifeguards dread communicating with patrons. When they do interact with patrons it’s usually to enforce a rule. From the lifeguard’s perspective, this can be perceived as a no-win situation. The strangers can be categorized into groups: young children that don’t listen, teenagers that never listen, and adults that have given up on listening to anyone young. The last group can exacerbate “rule enforcement” situations with nonverbal responses: the rapid nodding, “leave me alone;” the…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on June 2, 2013 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

A Call to Empower

As the summer swim season approaches, I’m aware that this will be the first time some lifeguards will experience sitting in a lifeguard tower or chair with a holiday size crowd. This is a call to empower that rookie lifeguard. Let them know that if their zone gets too crowded, it’s okay to call for back-up or request an additional lifeguard for the rotation. It’s not about testing the limits of what they can handle; it’s about preventing an unsafe situation from happening.

As a…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on May 24, 2013 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

Using In-water Ventilations

Instructing Jaw-Thrust (with Head Extension) Maneuver. (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski and Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)

 

In-water ventilation provides a victim quick effective care when immediate extrication is not an option. It’s performed on a victim who is unconscious, not breathing, has a pulse and cannot…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on May 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

CPR: Synchronized Teamwork

3-Rescuer CPR with BVM and AED (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Mills College)

 

CPR is a complex skill that requires constant training so that it will be performed well under the stress of a critical incident. Mastering breathing and compressions is only one aspect. Lifeguards need to be able to perform CPR…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Extrication: The Missing Link

 Instructor reviewing team towing holds (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)

 

Removing the victim from the area of danger, also known as extrication, happens in all incidents both non-emergency and critical. Whether it’s moving a submerged victim from the bottom of the pool to the surface, towing from the point of rescue to the wall, or expediting from water to land where EMS is staging; extrication…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Power of the Secondary Lifeguard

Instructor reviewing how to assist the primary lifeguard. (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Mills College)

My boss referred me to a quote from Aristotle, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” One could…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on February 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Back to Basics

 Instructor reviewing primary assessment with lifeguards. (Photo(s) credits: Carol Berendsen, Emily Plurkowski, Mills College)

As we move closer to summer, it’s time to energize the winter staff and get them working as a well-oiled lifeguarding machine. There are several dry land skills that every lifeguard should be proficient…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on January 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Follow-up on Fortifying your Facility: How to scale up the training for 40-60 lifeguards

Recreation Coordinator II, Beth Frazer, from Consumnes Community Service District, emailed me and commented, “…You have a curriculum for the training and how long it takes for 10 lifeguards… We have 40-60 lifeguards per training, so it would be nice to know how much time to add for each additional lifeguard, or maybe each additional 5 or 10 lifeguards.”

There are several ways to scale up the training to allow for large staff participation: Increase the time allocated for the training…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Fortifying your Facility

Instructor reviews rescue technique with…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 3, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

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